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Capitals send Tom Poti to AHL Hershey for conditioning

Jan 13, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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Capitals defenseman Tom Poti hasn’t played since January 2011, but his road to recovery is almost at an end.

Washington announced they’ve assigned him to AHL Hershey on a conditioning assignment as Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times shares.

On the upside, Poti passed his physical so he is healthy, but on the downside he’s got to spend time in the minors. At most, he’ll be in Hershey for 14 days for conditioning purposes. It’s possible he could be waived to stay down there longer.

If Poti can prove he’s all the way back and capable of contributing to an NHL roster, it’s possible Washington could move him. After over two years away from playing in the league, however, that might be a hard sell.

  1. vbcaps - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Poti is a good player, however i worry if 2 years away from the league and his age will be an issue to him returning as an nhl caliber defense men.

  2. londonfletcher59 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Man, I forgot all about Poti…

  3. rsl22 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Poti won’t be moved. The Caps have five defensemen and one liability. If he’s healthy and can play again, the Caps would have their best D corp since the late 90s.

    If he’s not healthy, then they have to hope Schilling pans out, because Erskine, Schultz and Hillen are simply not playoff caliber players.

    As to his age, I don’t think 35 is that old. I do agree that two years of health issues is a long time, but he was at one point the Caps best defender. I think it’s not a big stretch to think he can be their 6th defender now.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      He scored tonight for Hershey btw

      • rsl22 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        Not bad at all for first game back.

        Grubauer also had a good 2 periods in relief. Nice for him to get back in there after giving up a couple early last night and playing strong. Never hurts to have depth in goal.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Poti Tang

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